OBIT Belcher webClifford Elsworth Belcher Jr. passed away Nov. 7.

Clifford was born March 25, 1928, in Kirksville, Mo., to Clifford E. Belcher, Sr. and Daisy Thompson. Cliff’s dad moved out west early in Cliff’s life, and Cliff told hilarious stories about keeping his mother and sisters alive by his excellent use of a sling shot and his proficiency at squirrel stew. The family rejoined his dad in Oregon when Cliff was 15.

Cliff graduated from Grant Union High School in John Day, while working as a ranchhand for several ranches around Grant County. He married Kathryn Foley in 1948. They had two sons, Joe and Ron. As they were growing up, they logged, made and sold wood shakes, and Cliff owned the McCullough saw shop in Grant County. He divorced, and later married Shirley (Boots) Howard, helping her raise her two sons, Dan and Ron. During that time, he and his sons built a house on Canyon Creek, in which he resided until his retirement.

He travelled abroad to Saudi Arabia for Morrison-Knudsen Saudi Arabia Consortium, working as a millwright superintendent. Cliff eventually opened his Sole/Soul Shop in downtown John Day, where he built and repaired boots and shoes, and sold Christian books and supplies. He married Cathy Belcher in 1996.  They enjoyed many happy years at the home on Canyon Creek, horseback riding and going for Sunday drives in the high country before retiring to John Day.  Cliff enjoyed building all kinds of things, repairing shoes, relating his life experiences, and especially being in the company of people.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Belcher, and her family; sister, May Diaz, and friend, Bud Lohf; sons, Joe and Ron Belcher; step-sons, Dan and Ron Howard; daughter-in-law, Laurie (Howard) Bauder, her two daughters, Kahli (Scot) and Shanda and their three children; sons, Randy and James;  granddaughter, Leanne Howard and her family; and many nieces and nephews, including Kainan Jordan, who had a special relationship with Cliff and spent many treasured hours with him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his sister, Dora Belcher.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Canyon City Cemetery, where Cliff will be interned beside his mother and sister, Dora. In lieu of flowers, please consider adopting a child or a one-time gift to Gospel for Asia (; a gift to Living Word Christian Center Outreach Fund (PO Box 589, Mt. Vernon, OR 97865); or a gift to the Grant County Food Bank.

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